1990 Ford Escort



June, 14, 2009 AT 10:35 PM

1990 Ford Escort 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 80000 miles

I have a the listed vehicle and it goes to high idle at start up when warm. Also stalls at times when you come to a stop.
idle air control replaced. Not the problem. Next suggestion I was given was the ECM. Just replaced that and it did not cure the issues?
What could it possibly be?

1 Answer



June, 15, 2009 AT 5:52 AM

Too fast an idle speed. If an engine without computerized idle speed control is idling too fast and refuses to come down to a normal idle speed despite your best efforts to back off the carburetor idle speed screw or air bypass adjustment screw (fuel injection), air is getting past the throttle somewhere. Common leak paths include the carburetor and throttle body gaskets, carburetor insulator spacers, intake manifold gaskets, and of course, any of the engine's vacuum fittings, hoses and accessories. It is even possible that leaky O-rings around the fuel injectors are allowing air to leak past the seals. Another overlooked item can be a worn throttle shaft and a defective idle speed speed control motor/valve stuck in the extended (high idle speed) position/throttle position sensor. Also the throttle plate could be binding in its bore and kinked accelerator cable, coolant temperature sensor might not be operating properly misleading the computer that the engine is still cold and computer throwing fuel at it raising the idle speed.

Also check the EGR valve

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